Rick and Morty is an adult animated series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The show premiered in December 2013 and there are two full seasons which you can watch right now with a third soon on the way. The story of the show focuses on Rick Sanchez, a pessimistic mad scientist who enlists the help of his fretful, easily influenced grandson Morty in his inter-dimensional adventures while, at the same time, dealing with his domestic family life.
My Knowledge and Expectation of Season 1 + 2 of Rick and Morty
I did see a few episodes of Rick and Morty at University before I binged the full two seasons on Netflix and I enjoyed those episodes. Rick was the standout character from what I saw but I never had the time to watch the show from start to finish. However, I recently found some time to watch this TV show which has a fanatic fan-base and I was interested to see if Rick and Morty would be as funny on a consistent basis.
My Thoughts on Season 1 + 2 of Rick and Morty
No doubt about it, Rick and Morty is one of the weirdest shows I have ever watched, but it works for the most part. I really enjoyed bingeing Season 1 and 2 and a big part of that was down to Rick. He was my favourite character and provided some brilliant moments in the show. I also thought that the animation in Rick and Morty was fantastic. You notice a real difference in the quality of the animation between the first and second episode of Season 1 and it just gets better as the series progresses. It is very striking and it certainly helps Rick and Morty set itself apart from other animated shows.
Indeed, the whole show is very original. While Rick and Morty is obviously inspired by Back to the Future, The Simpsons and Futurama, it is not afraid to take risks and try new things with its storytelling. While it does not always pay off, the effort and intention must be commended. This is especially true with the existentialist themes that are interwoven into the show’s wacky story-lines which, at times, gives Rick and Morty some poignant moments.
As I said, Rick and Morty does not always execute well on its ambitious storytelling and some of the comedy does not always hit. But when it does, it hits hard and I can confidently say that you should give this show a chance. While it is not for everyone, there are many things to admire about the show whether it is the animation, the originality and/or Rick. Moreover, after watching the Season 3 premiere, which was recently available for a limited time, I cannot wait to watch the next full season of Rick and Morty.